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June 30, 2012
Tour De Fleece

Very quick (mostly pictures)post - The Tour de Fleece starts today and here are my plans...

I want to use this time to spin enough for a sweater, but I didn't have enough of any one fiber, so I mixed and matched ingredients to put through the drum carder and created 20 1 ounce battlings :))

Here are the base ingredients:

FatCatKnits corriedale fleece, my own hand combed corriedale fleece, FatCatKnits Falkland wool in Lavendal, FatCat Batts (Romney, bfl, falkland, mohair, firestar)

fleece fleece
fleece falkland

To which I added Merino, BFL, Polworth, Louet 50/50 Cashmere/Silk, Bast Bamboo, 50/50 ASU merino/silk, and BMH Magenta Silk. Here are the ingredients for each little batt.


all divided into 1 ounce baggies

batt ingredients

drum carded battlings ready to spin...

battlings battlings
battling battling

I will only spin 1-2 ounces/day and should easily have this spun by the end of the tour - maybe even have time to sneak in some other fun spinning!


Gotta go spin my ounce for today because we are headed to Manchester this afternoon to see James Taylor tonight :))

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)

June 25, 2012
Handspun Suri Silk Peacock Lace

I started this scarf in May of 2010 so it is a 2+ year WIP - I let it languish for months at a time and then brought it out of hiding for awhile only to let it slide back into oblivion again. A few weeks ago, I joined the TTL Mystery Lace Shawl KAL and decided that in order to start that project, I needed to finish Peacock! Now there was an actual time limit since I didn't want to get behind on the Mystery clues. Despite many last minute problems - I DID IT!!! Yahoo!

This is where is started 2 years ago - gorgeous Suri Silk sent from Jody at Hubbert Farms - felt like I was spinning my own hair - spun a very loose 2 ply - so shiny and gorgeous. If you click the lower right picture you will see the amazing halo on this yarn.

Suri Silk Suri Silk

I've never met a Nancy Bush pattern that I didn't love!

Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf

Pattern: Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush
Yarn: 3.1 ounces 2 ply laced weight handspun fawn Suri Silk (87 grams) - fiber from Hubbert Farms
Needles: US 3
Size: 13 1/2" X 54"

But it didn't come without hardship - from 7 stitch nupps all along the way, to major surgery at the end. I completed the top edging of the scarf and grafted all 81 stitches . Celebrated finishing it and held it out to admire and instantly got sick - I quickly recognized that the 2 ends didn't match at all - not even close! I had done the entire top edging in stockinette lace and it was supposed to be in garter lace. I truly felt ill and my instinct was to just let it go - forget it - I had been with this scarf too long already, but I didn't do that. I won't go into all the details, but I was unable to unravel and my only option was to cut it off, knit another edging (had JUST enough yarn) and reattach. DONE!!!

Peacock Surgery

It was worth it :)

Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf

and since I spent so much time on nupps, I want you to see them :)

Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf Peacock Lace

Not a great blocking job on the side edges - I was way too impatient to put the wires through all those tiny holes - may have to do it again....or not.

Peacock Tail and Leaf Scarf

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)

June 11, 2012
Cross-Country Ski Hat

One of my knitting rules is that if I buy a book, I have to knit something from it. I bought Norwegian Handknits a few months ago and just made the Cross-Country Ski Hat - my favorite hat - so far.

Handspun Cross-Country Ski Hat

Started with this gorgeous Polworth/Silk Fiber from FatCatKnits Mixed Blessing Fiber Club in Brad and Angelina. I just love these 2 colors together - such rich beautiful contrast!

FatCatKnits Polworth Silk

Spun into a regular 3 ply worsted weight yarn

FatCatKnits Polworth/Silk

This man needs a shave!

Handspun Polworth Silk Hat

Pattern: Cross-Country Ski Hat from Norwegian Handknits by Sue flanders and Janine Kosel
Yarn: 3 ply Handspun Polworth Silk (April 2012 Mixed Blessing Brad/Angelina) - Handpainted by Ginny of FatCatKnits. I used a total of 100 grams - 63 grams blue/ 37 grams gold. In addition used 25 grams of handspun cashmere for lining.
Needles: US Size 4 for lining; US size 5 for hat - 16" circular
Size: Large - outside circumference 23" (smaller inside due to lining). Length brim to crown 10"

Here is a peek inside to the handspun cashmere lining - I doubled up 2 leftover fingering weight balls and used every tiny little bit ending with several rows of Angelina blue.

Handspun Polworth Silk Hat

I knit the lining 1st using a provisional cast on and picked it up at the top of the cuff. Below is the full inside view.

View Inside

The braided tassels are 10 strand fishtail braids - new to me - easy and I really like them!

Handspun Polworth Silk Hat

All ready for the coldest days next winter...

Lots of fiber prep happening here - along with finishing up of old WIPs so I can have a clean slate going into the Tour de Fleece in a few weeks! I'm also sneaking in a Through the Loops Mystery Shawl KAL and have completed clue 2 :)

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)

June 1, 2012
Woven Bags

A fun little weaving project - I used the same warp to make 2 little bags - one from leftover neutral wool and the other from leftover handspun. They are very thick and squooshy due to the tight weft-faced weaving - no need for liner at all.

Woven Bags

Front and back of the neutral bag (as always, click pic for bigger)

Handwoven bag handwoven bag

sneaking this in because I love "on the loom" pictures

on the loom

Pattern: Pleasing Proportions Bag from Weaving Made Easy by Liz Gipson
Yarn: Leftover Handspun from these hats and Leftover natural colors of wool (I think Knit Picks Peruvian)
Size: Handspun bag 6" X 8"; Natural Bag 7.75" X 8.5"
Weaving: Sett 4 epi (using 12 dent heddle); 30- 34 ppi; 32 warp ends for larger bag, 26 warp ends for handspun (used the same warp for both bags, but just cut off 6 of them before starting 2nd bag.
For anyone more curious, click here to see how I finished the top of each bag.

Handspun bag happens to fit my Kindle perfectly :)

Handspun Woven Bag

A close up of the straps - I used some suede leather cord (mixed with yarn) in the braid for stability - I LOVE the look of these braided straps!

Braided Straps

Woven Bags

Fun just to do something totally different!

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


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